Hollow Man (2000)



Critic Consensus: Despite awesome special effects, Hollow Man falls short of other films directed by Paul Verhoeven. This flick over time degenerates into a typical horror film.

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At a top-secret military lab, a group of brilliant young scientists have just unlocked the secret of invisibility. The team's arrogant leader, Sebastian Caine, ignores the risks and decides to test the dangerous procedure on himself- only to discover his fellow scientists are unable to reverse the effect. Working around the clock, Caine's colleagues struggle to devise an antidote. But Sebastian's intoxication with his new found power is growing, and he's come to believe his colleagues may be a threat to his very existence.
R (for strong violence, language, and some sexuality/nudity)
Action & Adventure , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Kevin Bacon
as Sebastian Caine
Elisabeth Shue
as Linda McKay
Josh Brolin
as Matthew Kensington
Kim Dickens
as Sarah Kennedy
Greg Grunberg
as Carter Abbey
Joey Slotnick
as Frank Chase
William Devane
as Dr. Howard Kramer
Mary Jo Randle
as Janice Walton
Rhona Mitra
as Sebastian's neighbor
Pablo Espinosa
as Warehouse Guard
Margot Rose
as Mrs. Kramer
Sarah Bowles
as Girl in Car
J. Patrick McCormack
as General Caster
Darius A. Sultan
as Gate Guard
Tom Woodruff Jr.
as Isabelle the Gorilla
David Vogt
as Helicopter Pilot
Gary A. Hecker
as Gorilla Vocals
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Critic Reviews for Hollow Man

All Critics (114) | Top Critics (29)

Hollow Man does much more than just peek and grab.

December 31, 1999
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Is a combo of thrills, juicy one-liners and fine star turns by Kevin Bacon and Elisabeth Shue.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Hollow Man has a wicked, dirty soul -- and that's why it's special.

December 31, 1999
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

With her quick wits and stamina, [Shue] steps to the fore, and we'd watch her even if Bacon weren't invisible.

December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

A labored, implausible piece of action-movie hack work.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

I had more interest in the secondary characters.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hollow Man


Superb visual effects highlight Paul Verhoeven's slick, modern, and really violent retelling of The Invisible Man. Kevin Bacon stars as Sebastian Caine- a gifted, driven, and hard working, but also very arrogant and entitled scientist who, along with his team, are developing some revolutionary new intelligence technology for a military organization. Their project is a serum that renders the user invisible. Testing on animals worked just fine, and, despite some hesitancy, Caine, pressured by the organization and his own impatience, goes ahead with a human trial...on himself. Things start out fine, but they didn't count on the side effects, namely that the serum is irreversible. Sebastian soon goes insane, and it's not long before his madness consumes him and he turns into a homicidal maniac. Kevin Bacon is a good choice for the lead, doing a great job of bringing Caine's arrogance and madness to life. The two most notable cast members backing him up are Elisabeth Shue as one of his team (and a former lover), and Josh Brolin as another team member and current lover of Shue's character. I also liked Kim Dickens as Sarah, ANOTHER team member, though she's rather underdeveloped. The film starts off great, with big ideas, thoughtfulness, and wonderful effects. Verhoeven is known for this sort of thing, so I wasn't surprised. Unlike some of his other violent but intelligent sci-fi efforts though, this one starts off strong then devolves into a typical slasher movie. That's not a completely bad thing, but it is disappointing. They also seem really eager to get right to the mayhem aspect of Caine's insanity instead of drawing out the suspense. All in all, this is a really flawed, but still decently entertaining effort.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Interesting concept by director Paul Verhoeven, Hollow Man is an intense Sci Fi horror film with a good cast of actors. The special effects are well done, however considering that this is a film by Paul Verhoevem, it lacks in delivering what you'd expect from the man that brought classic films such as Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers to the screen. This is still a well acted film that has it its moments. Kevin Bacon gives a stunning performance, and Hollow Man manages to thrill despite its flaws. I felt that this was a departure from Verhoeven's previous work, because after all he did direct Robocop. Hollow Man though is a good film for what it is as it blends Sci Fi elements with horror and thrills into one film. The story is quite interesting, and works quite well. However there are a few things that could have been done better. Despite the flaws the film is quite entertaining and is visually appealing as well as having an interesting plot. The acting performances delivered by the cast are wonderful and they each bring something effective to the screen. Kevin Bacon is great in his role of Sebastian Caine. Verohoeven's change of direction works well, and he proves that he can make something different while retaining his signature style. Hollow Man is an effective Sci Fi horror film that has an intricate story and good acting. This is a better film than what most people say and it delivers effective chills with a good enough story to keep you interested till the end. A good film worthy to watch.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Kevin Bacon starred with Kevin Costner in JFK (1991)...who was one of the star cast members in 3000 Miles to Graceland with Courtney Cox...who used to attend summer camp as a child with Chip Brown...who used to work with me at my last job. There I did it in 4!!! Lmao! Oh yeah... the movie was okay....

Gregory Dark
Gregory Dark

Super Reviewer

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